Friday, December 18

You Can Find Me In Da Club

That's right it's your birthday. I can officially join the 50 States Marathon Club. By completing 10 marathons I can officially enter and start reaping the benefits. Just have to find out what they are.

So I was looking back to try and find my last marathon post about Baltimore but magically it's gone. Oh well the less I remember about that disappointing day the better. Onward to the race #10 update:
Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon - Ft. Oglethorpe, GA

This race was about getting back on course. After crashing and burning in Baltimore I decided I needed a good performance to regain some confidence. This race is ran nearly all in a Civil War Battlefield Memorial Park. I remember reading somewhere that it has the most military memorials in one place then anywhere else. Well not sure how true it is but let me tell you there were a lot of statues and other things all over the place.

We got into town reasonably early on Friday and headed straight to the expo. After waiting in the longest line I have ever had to wait in for a marathon we got the goodie bag and everything I would need the next morning. We decided to buy a couple of tickets to the pasta dinner since it was being catered by a Gayle's favorite, Carrabbas. It was tasty and hit the spot as we listened to some live bluegrass music.

The next morning was a bit chilly but promised to be great weather for running. About 5 minutes before the gun I got into position a few yards behind the 3:10 pace group thankful there was no 3:20 pace group. No expectations here as I just wanted to run by my gut and not get caught up in maintaining a pace group.

I would have to say it was a very interesting race. They started the half and the full at the same time (thank you) but we split and rejoined at various points. So there were times where you could pass the same guy a few times but yet you were on about the same pace. This race also had another favorite of mine. The loop. There is something to be said about knowing exactly what to expect the 2nd time around. It builds a lot of confidence when you know you tackled everything the race course had to offer and you can tell yourself that you can do this cause you already did it once. Although on the 2nd loop I swear they built a hill or two since the last time I was there.

This run was run almost all in the woods which was quite unique from the urban marathons I have ran prior in 2009. A couple of times the trees would give way to a huge clearing where Civil War cannons would be stationed to recreate a famous battle. It was pretty cool to see all that in the early morning hours as the morning fog rolled away. One of the times I wished I ran with a camera but I guess you'll have to take my word for it.

Well the last few miles as usual were a challenge but that's the fun of the marathon. Anyone can run the first 20 but the last 6.2 is really where the gut check is at. Though I was happy to leave enough in the tank where I could pick off about 20 or so runners in the last 3 miles. My finishing time was a PR 3:21:39.

Here's a look at what's coming up and an updated map:


January 10th, 2010 - Northfield, MN
February 28th, 2010 - New Orleans, LA

Las Vegas 2010
New York 2010

November 14th, 2009 - (3:21:39) - Fort Oglethorpe, GA
October 10th, 2009 (3:40:27) - Baltimore, MD
June 20th, 2009 - (3:26:30) Anchorage, AK
June 6th, 2009 - (3:26:14) South Bend, IN
March 29th, 2009 - (3:24:23) Knoxville, TN
February 15th, 2009 (3:29:16) - Birmingham, AL
September 20th, 2008 (3:39:05) - Park City, UT
June 14th, 2008 (3:50:22) - Williamson, WV
February 17th, 2008 (3:54:54) - Jacksonville, FL
November 3rd, 2007 (3:55:40) - Richmond, VA

Monday, December 7


Have an update on running coming soon...until then enjoy this picture

Thursday, November 12

Run Across USA Update

Haven't done this for awhile but decided to update my Virtual Run Across the USA. After my last update I was just entering Ohio but since my long hiatus I have logged over a 1000 miles. My total currently is 2180 and that brought me just West of Oklahoma City (hi Reaper!). Check me out...(if you are looking at this from Facebook viewer you probably won't see the map...gotta go to the website.

Wednesday, September 9

Wednesday, August 12

Long Time No Blog; Running Update; More To Come?

Time for an overdue update. I've been putting it off and putting it off and finally I have some good news to write about. So I decided that this will be an excellent opportunity to update my racing calendar. Beware long post alert.

First off, here's an update on the past few months. After my knee injury, I was hesitant on predicting my performance in the South Bend and Alaskan marathons. Since this would have been the closest I ran back to back marathons, I decided to stay conservative. My goal was to run both under 3:30 and come away feeling better. Let's take a look.

South Bend

The Sunburst Marathon, aka Hall of Fame to Notre Dame, proved to be a success. With a history of extremely hot temperatures mixed with good ole Midwest humidity, this event has earned a reputation of draining even the most prepared runner. Well Knute Rockne must have been looking down on us that day because the weather worked in our favor.

The 6 AM start at the College Football Hall of Fame was cool as a cucumber. The first 10 miles just rolled by as we worked our way through some of South Bend's neighborhoods. After crossing over the 5K runners (which caused some near collisions) the 2nd half of the course was an out and back along the river.

This provided me with a unique experience of seeing the race leaders as they headed back towards the finish. Along mile 16 my race was saved by a helpful volunteer holding popsicle sticks slathered with vaseline. By this time the heat was coming out and the sweat pouring on and some well placed vaseline on the chest was called for to prevent further chaffing.

After what seemed like endless switchbacks, I finally hit the turn around point feeling good. Again I was treated with another unique view of the marathon as I passed oncoming racers that were behind me. The agony on some of their faces was astounding and many had 10 plus miles to go with it only getting hotter.

Having maintained a comfortable, yet fast pace, in the beginning, I was able to start picking off racers in front of me. Many of whom I saw at the start flying past me making the worst rookie mistake out there. One that I have made a few more times than I care to admit. That's the best feeling in the world during a race when you can feel good passing people that late in the race.

Hitting the last few miles, we mixed back in with the half-marathoners who started about an hour and half after the marathon. One of my biggest complaints when this happens is when you have to weave in and out of slower runners. Especially after running 24+ miles. The race in Birmingham did it well by seperating the two and allowing the marathoners plenty of space and their own water stops. At this point in the race I identified another runner wearing a Ft. Jennings t-shirt. I shouted a "Go Grove Bulldogs!" at him and he yelled something back. Probably "Tomorray" since some of you swear that is an actual word used in Ft. Jennings. Whatever.

Taking the final turn, I am greeted with a spectacular visual. The moment we all were waiting for. This is what why we ran 26.2 miles (or 13.1 for some). To run down the tunnel of Notre Dame stadium as they played the fight song. What a feeling. You could have attacked me with baseball bats and chains (but please don't) and I wouldn't have felt it. I crossed the finish line with a respectable 3 hours and 26 minutes. Of course the first person I see is my brother Matt. He had just finished the half about a minute before me and turned around and asked, "What took you so long?". Oh he was lucky I just used all my energy doing my best Heisman pose earlier.

Indiana...done. On to The Land of the Midnight Sun.


Just two weeks later I was lining up to compete in the Mayor's Marathon held in Anchorage, Alaska. After spending the previous week on a cruise ship eating way too much delicious food and factoring in the possibility that I might come face to face with a grizzly bear, I decided just finishing would be a worthy goal. Minutes before the start, I caught a glimpse of fellow Columbus runner (Dublin actually), Chuck Engle warming up. I met Chuck last year at the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon in West Virginia where he has won it the past 3 years. Oddly enough this was the exact weekend of the race this year so obviously he decided to pass on the hills on Appalachia for the frozen tundra. (Side note: Chuck has had quite an impressive 2009 marathon schedule. To see what I mean check this quick link out)

The race got off to uneventful start. I was surrounded by purple clad runners as this was a keystone event for Team In Training. My strategy for the early miles is to find someone around my pace (a hair under 8 minute miles) and stick with them. I picked out a fellow runner and followed him through the early miles along the bike path. The race thinned out fairly quickly but it was still a pain at points to pass people on the path. This did not help me trying to maintain a conservative pace but fortunately the road opened up a bit after a few miles.

Around mile 6 something peculiar happened. The runner I was pacing with started to pull away quickly. Puzzled I decided to hang back and run my race. Approaching mile 7 we hit the first relay point and I saw him tag another runner...great I was pacing with someone running a quarter of the race. Let's hope that doesn't bite me on mile 23.

Also on mile 7 we entered Richardson Army Base. We followed a gravel path that they use to drive tanks to and from various firing ranges. Dotted along the path were signs that said, "Beware, Unexploded Ammunition May Be Present". I have bears and bombs to worry about now. These miles were the start of the scenic portion of the marathon and also the most challenging. The gravel made it difficult at points because it was pretty thick and you had to find the "lanes" where the tanks drove and thinned out the stones. Also we hit some pretty unforgiving hills here as well. Point number 2 that I was hoping wouldn't bite me at mile 23.

Upon leaving the base we hit a single lane wooded path that weaved in and around streams and hills. This was probably my favorite part as there were numerous times when you were all alone in the wilderness with no runners around. One could easily get snatched up by a bear and no one would ever notice. I didn't know at the time but there were bear spotted on the course and the race directors had people on the course earlier to scare them away.

After a few miles we finally hit what resembled civilization and some much needed downhills. I picked up the pace and hammered out the next 8 miles or so. By this time the sun was coming out and all the stereotypes of Alaska were being destroyed as the temperatures climbed. I was on pace for a PR but around mile 24 I hit the wall. I desperately tried to tap into that peanut butter ice cream reserves I was storing while on the cruise ship but no dice. There was no Notre Dame stadium to carry me these last few miles and the bears were miles behind me. I had to do these last 2.2 miles on true grit.

I forgot the PR and decided my initial goal, a respectable sub 3:30 finish, would make me happy. I grinded out the last miles only to hit the biggest obstacle yet, the final hill. What a cruel joke the race directors played when they included this monster at the end. So bad that even the race winner (who set a new record) decided to walk it. This was also the entry point where we merged with the half-marathoners so I had company on my walk up this hill. Getting my 2nd (more like 10th) wind at the top I finished with a 2nd consecutive 3:26.

Not eaten by bears? Check.
Under 3:30? Check.
Knee? Check.

Taking a look at the standings I was surprised to see 3 Ohioans in the top 10. Van Wert stars Brendon Moody and Kyle Minnich finished 3rd and 10th respectively. Brendon also finished 3rd in the Notre Dame marathon and would take first place in our local St. Anthony's 5k (while finishing a beer at Neil Steck's a mile from the finish). Chuck Engle edged out the 5th place runner by a few seconds to take 4th. Buckeye represent!

The only thing left for me was 18 hour plane trip back home. Alaska...done.

Upcoming Races

With marathons number 3 and 4 done for 2009, I have only 2 more to go to complete my goal of 6 for the year. Soon after I returned from Alaska I found out that I was not selected in the lottery for the NYC Marathon. That stinks but I went back to to check out how I can fill my remaining race calendar. After pouring over the logistics, I decided on the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon on October 10th and the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia on November 14th.

Some good news though I just found out that I was selected to run the 2010 Zoom! Yah! Yah! indoor marathon on January 10th. I'll have more to say about this particular marathon later this year but until then I want to focus on the two coming up.

Looking back on my goals for 2009:

* Complete 6 marathons

As noted above I am on target to complete all 6.
* Run 1750 miles

My knee injury sidelined me from any practical mileage in April so my goal of 1750 is not looking good. I backed it down to 1500 and I am even a little bit behind that. I found that with so many marathons in a short time really prevented me any opportunity for some heavy mileage. I was either tapering or recovering for much of May/June/July. My mileage goal for 2010 will definitely take some thought along with the number of marathons I attempt.

* 15,000 push-ups & 20,000 sit-ups

Push-ups I am right on pace. I am hitting those regularly and doing a good job of keeping up. The sit-up goal was good but after some research I found out that I have to incorporate other core exercises other than sit-ups to get any real benefit. So the sit-up goal was abandoned for a more fluid goal of at least 3 days of core training per week. So far I have been successful keeping at this.

* 1:30 Half Marathon

I was really hoping to get a Half in this year. My best chance was in May but my knee injury prevented any hope of that happenening. Columbus has 2 more halfs coming up in August and October but unfortunately neither work out with my schedule. I'll look around after November but more than likely this will get pushed to 2010.

* 18:30 5K

Here's another one that is in jeopardy. After not being able to compete in the St. Anthony's 5K I missed a golden opportunity to break this record. However 5Ks are easier to comeby and with a few good opportunities coming up I think I have a real chance at this one.

* 3:30 Marathon

Smashed. This one fell with the first race of 2009. My goal for my next marathon is 3:20. People ask me if I will try to qualify for Boston. I have some thoughts on that and there is a post coming up soon that I address those concerns. This post is already too long to fit anymore running talk.

Final Running Thoughts

My latest training has gone very well. My long runs have been at a fast average pace and my speed work has held up. I have changed my track workouts from an actual track to the treadmill. I began noticing that my hip and IT band (and eventually my knee) were sore after a track run and I read that it can be attributed to the constant left turns. The recommendation was to run the other direction or hit the treadmill. I chose the treadmill and increased my speed on there to compensate for the advantage treadmill running gives you versus track running. My hip has responded well and my training has benefited.

It's August and with my 2009 marathon calendar full and 2010 started it will be time soon to see what is possible for next year's goals. I'm giving them some serious thought and will have some more information in the next few months. Until then here is an updated graph at the bottom of this post.

NOTE: I have not been updating my Virtual Run Across the United States lately but I have been tracking my miles. MapMyRun has an issue of mapping runs over 1000 miles so it is a pain to track it. When I update it I will post it here.


October 10th, 2009 - Baltimore, MD
November 14th, 2009 - Fort Oglethorpe, GA
January 10th, 2010 - Northfield, MN

Green Bay 2010
New York 2010

June 20th, 2009 - (3:26:30) Anchorage, AK
June 6th, 2009 - (3:26:14) South Bend, IN
March 29th, 2009 - (3:24:23) Knoxville, TN
February 15th, 2009 (3:29:16) - Birmingham, AL
September 20th, 2008 (3:39:05) - Park City, UT
June 14th, 2008 (3:50:22) - Williamson, WV
February 17th, 2008 (3:54:54) - Jacksonville, FL
November 3rd, 2007 (3:55:40) - Richmond, VA

Tuesday, August 11

Monday, August 3

Friday, July 31

Friday, July 24

Thursday, July 23

Thursday, July 2

Wednesday, July 1

Okay This Was Too Funny Not To Share

Almost Ready

Been very busy since getting home from Alaska...hopefully I'll be able to pass along the news here soon. Until then enjoy the soup of the day

Wednesday, June 10

If Off To Alaska!

I'll have a full update on both Notre Dame and Mayor's Marathon when I return. Until then...enjoy this perfectly timed melon toss!

Tuesday, June 9

Tuesday, June 2

Hall of Fame to Notre Dame Marathon

Well just a few days now from the Hall of Fame to Notre Dame Marathon in South Bend, Indiana. It's really tough to gauge my expectations going into this race. On one hand, I'm feeling good just having run my last 10 miler in 7 minute mile pace (almost a PR) but on another hand I'm weary about my knee. I haven't had too much problems during a run but I've been very careful to ice and stretch properly after each run. However I still feel an ache or two occasionally but most of the time it's from sitting improperly at work (it's a habit I'm trying to break).

On a 3rd hand, I know I have another marathon coming up in 2 weeks after that in Alaska. I've already achieved my time goal for the year and would really like to complete my 6 marathons I set out for. After I set a new PR last race, I seriously considered qualifying for Boston. However after the injury that was shelved until I could get healthy again. So my goal now is to just finish these two marathons without injury and look to my Fall races for a faster time.

So the plan is to go into this race starting out at 8 minute or so a mile pace. After the halfway point I would evaluate if I can continue that pace. Only after 20 miles would I consider going faster if I could. Best case scenario for me would be to finish in 3:30 and having the knee feel good but if I have to back off a bit to save some for Alaska I won't feel it's a failure.

See you at the finish line.

Friday, May 22

Great Moments In Cleveland Sports History

I knew it! Always listen to Mark Price....Always!

Monday, May 11

Friday, May 8

Tuesday, April 28

Top 10 Geek Defenses For Swine Flu

10. Stock up on ammo for the coming swine flu zombie apocalypse
9. Switch from Ham radio to FM
8. Increase caffeine intake so blood becomes poisonous to virus
7. Start wearing condom when humping pigs
6. Don't leave basement
5. Add cleric to party
4. Transfer consciousness to android body immune to human disease
3. Update virus profiles
2. Reencode DNA for immunity
1. Dose self with gamma radiation in hopes of developing mutant healing abilities

Monday, April 27

Friday, April 17

Learn The Difference Between $100 and $100,000 Speakers

A speaker system can cost as little as $35. Or as much as $350,000. As a normal person, you probably have just one question about speakers that cost as much a Ferrari: What. The. Hell.

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Thursday, April 16

Wednesday, April 15

Tuesday, April 14

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling
by Mark Twain

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all. Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli. Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

Thursday, April 9

Tuesday, March 24

Friday, March 20


"My guests were all total gluttons. I even had two vegetarians and one person with a failing gall bladder try it out (they had half slices). I was disappointed that no observant Jews or Muslims showed up, because I think they would have had to eat some too. Most of us ended up with nightmares and stomachaches. They were well-earned. "

Tuesday, March 17

Friday, March 13

DUI Arrest Causes Man to Claim He is a Country

If you have been arrested for DUI, you need a good defense strategy. Claiming to be a country probably isn't one.

Scott Allan Witmer, 44, was arrested for DUI in Easton, Pennsylvania this week. From jail, he decided to declare sovereignty [more]

Tuesday, March 10


Life Imitating Art - The SNL Taco Town Taco

Taco Town Taco

Saturday Night Live-inspired: crunchy beef taco with nacho cheese, lettuce, tomato and southwestern sauce wrapped in a soft flour tortilla with a layer of refried beans in between, then wrapped in a corn tortilla with a layer of Monterey Jack cheese in a deep-fried gordita shell with guacamole sauce baked in a corn husk topped with pico de gallo, wrapped in a crepe, filled with egg, griere cheese, sausage and portobello mushrooms, all wrapped in a chicago-style deep dish pizza wrapped in a blueberry pancake and finally deep-fried with spicy vegetarian chili dipping sauce.

Monday, March 9

Sunday, March 8

Friday, March 6

Tuesday, March 3

Monday, March 2

Saturday, February 28

Friday, February 27

Monday, February 23


There are no words...

Thursday, February 19

Wednesday, February 18

50 States Update - Mercedes Benz Marathon

10% Complete! Marathon number 5 is in the books and once again I set a new PR. Birmingham was the first double loop course so I got to see the "finer" parts of town twice. My only comment about the town is to say that I am glad to live in Columbus. Regarding the race I believe that it was my most complete one yet. I set out with a goal of 8 minute miles and finished about as close to that as possible. It was difficult considering they didn't provide pacers for any times under 4 hours and you constantly were running with relay and half marathoners who obviously were at a faster pace than you. It is very hard to constantly try to keep yourself slow in the first half especially when nearly everyone around you is faster. Though it paid off as I was able to finish strong and looking at my results I passed more a lot more people in the final 6 miles than at any part in the race. I also was able to recover quickly after the race and was able to enjoy the post race activities for once.

Also I took 3rd in my age group and since I didn't stick around for the awards I contacted the race director to see if I can get my award mailed to me. Hopefully that will be no problem.

Looking ahead to the rest of 2009. I have Knoxville coming up in a little over a month and Alaska in June. Those are the only 2 scheduled officially but I have the rest of my calender pretty much nailed down however there are a few factors that will influence what I will be able to accomplish. I have added a new category on my racing map called "Tentative". These are races that I have done everything besides actually registering. Here's a look at these dates and what must occur for me to get in on those races:

Green Bay
This one is in May and odds are about 75% that I'll do this one. I'm just trying to lock down travel arrangements and hotel stay to limit my expenses. Birmingham has taught me that not every town is a great place to hang out for the weekend and as much as I love the Green Bay Packers I hesitate to spend anymore extra time there in the event that it sucks.

I am about 50% here. The reasons to run it is simple, it's famous and big. However at 125 bucks a head it's expensive. Plus with Gayle thinking about Law school at the moment she may be too busy to come with and one thing I learned so far is that the support you get before, during and after the marathon is priceless. Though with registration filling up fast this one I'll probably have to decide on very soon.

New York
This one is a crap shoot. It's a lottery meaning when you sign up you are not guaranteed to run. So if you don't get picked you have to wait until next year. I am definitely putting my name in as there is a condition if you don't get picked in so many consecutive years (I think 3) you automatically are entered in the following year.

I have a few races I've looked at for backup in case I do not get in on these so things look pretty good for me completing 6 this year. Who knows I might sneak one in September as well but no promises there. Also have Minnesota in 2010 that I am going to sign up for as well. This one is a lottery as well and later I'll detail out exactly why that is and why I am excited to run a marathon in January in Minnesota.

As always, my map and results:


March 29th, 2009 - Knoxville, TN
June 20th, 2009 - Anchorage, AK

May 17th, 2009 - Green Bay, WI
October 11th, 2009 - Chicago, IL
November 1st, 2009 - New York, NY

February 15th, 2009 (3:29:16) - Birmingham, AL
September 20th, 2008 (3:39:05) - Park City, UT
June 14th, 2008 (3:50:22) - Williamson, WV
February 17th, 2008 (3:54:54) - Jacksonville, FL
November 3rd, 2007 (3:55:40) - Richmond, VA

Sunday, February 15

And I'm Off

When this post publishes at 7:03 CST (that's 8:03 Eastern) I'll be just starting the 2009 Mercedes Benz Marathon. Unfortunately there seems to be no way to get updates on runners via text message like other marathons do but my goal is to keep an 8 minute/mile pace. So if everything starts and ends on time I'll be crossing the finish line around 10:33 (11:33 Eastern Time). Wish me luck or probably by the time most of you read this I'll be done and probably enjoying a beer.

Saturday, February 14

End Of The Rainbow

I found it!

Thursday, February 12

Wednesday, February 11

25 Random Things About Me Help

You may be familiar with the Facebook / e-mail going around that asks for you to list 25 random things about yourself that people might not know. This item is very popular, but many people have not completed the list because they can only think of 22 or 23 things about themselves. If you find yourself in this predicament, feel free to use one of the following to top off your list.

- Ate 34 White Castles at one sitting and subsequently did not date for three years.
- Loved the Marathon Bar (with the ruler on the back) and still have a ½ eaten one under my bed
- Killed a man in a fight, but we made up afterwards
- I’ve eaten bear, rabbit, turtle and something that might have been tofu.
- I have never failed a lie detector test.
- I was kicked out of the Secret Service for having sex with a chicken.
- Three time Mid-Ohio AA Checkers Champion (freestyle)
- Like oatmeal, hate porridge, no comment on grits
- Lost my virginity for the thirteenth time at the new B-Hamptons on the stamped metal dance floor
- Made my bed once back in 1994 and haven’t looked back.
- Brew my own Schlitz Malt Liquor
- I can beat you at 80’dance and 90’s glam
- Favorite board game - Sorry; favorite thing to say after sex – Sorry
- Need the Gandalf, Lord of the Rings, Burger King Glass Goblet to complete the set
- Own two reversible bras
- I’m afraid of drive-thrus
- I count my printer paper to ensure all 500 sheets are there. Once I found an extra sheet and sent it back to the company.
- Can’t figure out how to load music on my iPod, so I walk around pretending like I listen to music
- Recently learned that the cardboard tube is NOT the last sheet of toilet paper.
- I drive like I own a standard, but only have an automatic. The guys at car repair shop know my credit card number by heart.
- I have had an erection for the past 18 years.
- I have never met a man I could best in nude, hands tied behind your back wrestling.
- I have an irrational fear of fractions
- I think white out is racist
- My glass is half full. Then shits starts to evaporate and I get pessimistic.
- I can’t forget.

Tuesday, February 10

Monday, February 9

Sunday, February 8

Irish long-distance runner makes history as the world's first athlete to run seven consecutive marathons on seven continents in less than seven days

GALWAY ultra runner Richard Donovan made history yesterday as the world's first athlete to run seven consecutive marathons on seven continents in less than seven days.

The 42-year-old father of one successfully completed a gruelling endurance race that would test the physical and mental prowess of the world's strongest men.

Aside from running more than the traditional marathon distance of 26.2 miles a day, simply flying around the world in less than a week -- logging up 26,719 air miles -- is a feat that few sane people would dare to consider.

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Friday, February 6

Happy Birthday Baby Bockrath!

A baby girl 6 lbs 4 oz. 19 ¾ inches long. And the name is Morgan Jean. I present to you this gift.

Thursday, February 5

Stop Motion Skateboarder

Kids have a lot of time on their hands.

Wednesday, February 4

Peggy's Wedding Cake

I am submitting this cake idea to Peggy free of charge.

Friday, January 30